Monday, June 26, 2017

Carta Bella Are We There Yet Mini album

Anyone made a paper bag album lately?  Now that school's out, I've got these paper lunch bags taking up space in the pantry so I'm putting them to good use along with my scrapbook supplies.  Paper bags albums make great quick little albums and are perfect to give to your kids to document vacation adventures.

Are we there yet?  I mean who hasn't heard that question from your kids when traveling?  It's the perfect title for a vacation collection and Carta Bella's got it with their "Are We There Yet?" collection.  Apryl here with the FotoBella Design Team sharing my latest design project featuring this great collection found at

Visit to see all cute details in these albums!
Have a happy summer!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Go Team with BoBunny Game On

Hello there!  I have a couple of layouts featuring one popular team sport, Soccer with two of my favorite companies:  BoBunny &!  My youngest daughter started playing soccer when she was two.  A very informal team that basically gets the kids running the field and learning the basic concepts.  Man do I have some cute photos from that! Soccer and sunglasses go hand in hand for this cute little girl out on the soccer field!


A couple of close ups of how I implemented journaling.         

The layouts are made with BoBunny's Game On! Collection from  I designed both layouts separately, but may decide to match up in the album as a double layout.  That may involve a little tweaking of the pages later so that they are a good match.  But that's all part of the fun of designing and crafting :)

As you can see the design is consistent with the soccer ball print paper and torn edge of the blue paper.  Inked the edges with dark brown ink (Quick Quotes Java) and added the dark blue rhinestones along with a few pearls.  There's alway a way to add the glam factor :)  

Here you can see the pennant banner is accented with rhinestones.  

A mixture of the chipboard stickers and pieces from the Noteworthy packet make up the embellishment collage.  And on the second layout I again added journaling to the Noteworthy pieces as well as creating a journal box below the collage with doodling.  BoBunny has created the perfect collection for highlighting your children's sport photos.  You should check it out at  You'll find that it will work for many sports, not just soccer.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fabulous day!  

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Hello Love Layout with Simple Stories Love and Adore

Hello there, today I'm sharing a FotoBella's design team  project with you.  I don't know about you but I can't get enough of this cute Simple Stories Love and Adore collection.  

 I had to use this background paper because I just love it!  And it didn't take much to pull this layout together. I chose a 4"x6" photo of my two cuties from a few years ago and cropped it down to 3"x6" I then double matted it with black and white cardstock.  I kept the white border thicker so that I could embellish it with the enamel dots.  The title "Hello Love" is from the Chipboard sticker pack along with the flowers and the hearts.      
I also added fun embellishments below the photo. 

 Sometimes you may see my layouts with journaling and without.  I do plan to add some journaling in the white space area, but I've found that for me, its better to do that later.  I prefer putting the layouts into the book, and then journal to help create a storyline and good flow between layouts.  Otherwise, I  have found that my journaling gets repetitive and boring....names, date, occasion with generic captions because I can't think of something else to write.  Does that seem to happen to you?

Hope you found some inspiration today and find yourself busy crafting with Simple Stories Love and Adore collection from

Have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentine's Card with Simple Stories Love and Adore

Happy Valentine's Day!  I've got a cute card up on the FotoBella blog today, which includes a tutorial using Simple Stories Love and Adore Collection.

Hope you'll pop over there and check it out!

Have a great day!  

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Well Hello!  I know this may be shocking you right now, a new blog post popping up on my blog today?!? I know, I know, I've been MIA!  But trust me, with good reason!  The last half of 2016 was spent designing and making page kits for FotoBella as well as my husband and I deciding to sell our house to buy a new one that better suited our families needs and well, move in December, just before Christmas!  Now, wouldn't you know it's February already and Valentine's Day is right around the corner!?!

I'm so happy to say that I'm back at the crafting table, in my new craft studio (hooray!) and designing projects for FotoBella :)  Today it's with the fabulous Simple Stories Love & Adore collection which can be found at and is just the right collection to inspire some "love"ly crafts!

I've got a confession, every year around this time, the dollar spot at Target has these cute little tin mailboxes, and every year I buy some....and this is year I finally use them in a project!  I'm sure many of you can relate :)  For this project I'm using the Simple Stories Love & Adore collection to embellish a turquoise and white mailbox.

This is really a fast and easy project and just so cute!  Perfect for the kiddos to take to school for their Valentine exchange or to tuck a few Valentine goodies of your own to give as gifts.

To start, I cut a piece of "So Happy Together" paper and "Elements" Paper that measures 12"x4" so that it would wrap around the body of the mailbox.  It really fits perfectly, but one thing worth mentioning is that you do have to cut a notch out so that the flag on the mailbox is not covered up and moves properly.

For the embellishments, I sorted through the Card Stock Die Cut Ephemera Bits and Pieces. The sizes of these pieces are just right for this project and there are lots of pieces to choose from.  I layered them up and added a few enamel dots and some twine.  It really is that simple, but that's what make working with Simple Stories products so awesome :)  Find them here at

So happy to share my first design team project for the year with you!  Looking forward to many more!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Patriotic Pinwheels with We R Memory Keepers

Happy Fourth of July!!  I've popped in to the blog today to share a quick and fun patriotic project using We R Memory Keepers Pinwheel Punch Board. It's a great way to come up with some fun decor in a snap.  The punch board is really easy to use.  Cut your paper in a square anywhere from 3" to 12", punch the corners with the punch in the top right hand corner of the board.  Then you line up your paper according to the size guides so that you can cut the slits that allow you to fold over the pinwheel pieces.  The secure the pinwheel, use a brad in the center.  

The pinwheels can be attached to a stick and spinner also made by We R Memory Keepers

I attached my to an adhesive foam board so that I can use it as a back drop.  

The paper I sued is from my scrap stash.  Some of the brand paper is Doodlebug, Simple Stories and My Mind's Eye Necessities paper pack.  Be sure to visit for some shopping this weekend so you don't miss out on the 4th of July 20% off sale!  

Have a safe and fun holiday!  

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Seas the Day with My Mind's Eye layout

Hello there, I'm finally back!  outAnd today I've got a beautiful beach layout made with My Mind's Eye By The Sea I Want it All Bundle.  This bundle is great for vacation, beach and any summer photos you may have.  In this layout, you'll find some fun layering a great way to layer photos to create a panoramic look.  

Do you ever find that you've got duplicate photos of the same shot?  And do you ever accidentally print out more than one of those photos and then you're wondering why did I do that?!?   Well it happens to me sometimes, and here's a good way to use that duplicate photo.  

Use the duplicate photos side by side, and layer a different photo over the center of them to create what looks like a panoramic photo behind it.  The cool thing about this is your aren't actually missing any part of the picture by covering it up with the photo in the middle.  This is because you are covering up the part of the photo that was duplicated.  To add some dimension to the layout, I backed the 4"x 6" photo in the center with chipboard so that it sits up off the page.  

I really love the colors in the By The Sea Collection.  It works well with beach photos and just portrays such a calm and relaxing feeling, don't you think?  All the patterned paper you see in this layout, came from the 6"x 6" paper pad and all were cut in half to make 3"x3" strips.  

The alpha stickers in this collection are a fun silver color!  

You'll find the same silver accents in various embellishments, such as the journal cards and the anchor.  I added the dots with a Navy journaling pen around the page to give it some more details.  I think you'll really love the My Mind's Eye By The Sea Collection.  Visit to check out all the fun goodies included in the I Want It All Bundle.  

Thanks for stopping by today and have a fabulous day!